US Heat Wave Worst Since 1995
As death toll hits 22
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 21, 2011 4:03 AM CDT
Jonathan Decker, right, from Hot Springs, Ark., and Charlie Woolsey, from Harrison, Ark., tear a roof off a tornado-damaged home as the sun dips low in the sky Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Joplin, Mo.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – At least 22 deaths have now been attributed to the heat wave scorching the US this week, which one AccuWeather meteorologist yesterday predicted would “be more significant and impact a larger area than the deadly 1995 heat wave." That disaster killed a whopping 750 people over four days, but that hasn’t happened this time because of better communication of heat warnings and awareness of the danger, community leaders tell USA Today.

The National Weather Service’s current heat advisory affects some 141 million people across 24 states. Of course, those warnings haven’t helped livestock; some 1,500 cattle have died in South Dakota alone, Reuters reports, and that number could rise. And they haven’t mitigated the damage to roads, bridges, power grids, or crops either. In some places water itself is in short supply—Indianapolis has asked residents to stop watering their lawns to ensure sufficient water pressure in the system for firefighters.

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Jul 22, 2011 1:28 PM CDT
On June 8, 2011 our Sun let out
Jul 21, 2011 10:22 AM CDT
You probably know this or heard this already, but it's worth repeating. Drink plenty of water, stay cool and out of the sun. If working in heat alternate water and Gatorade. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol they take the water out of your system. If you drink coffee or tea you need to drink twice the amount of what you drank in water to replenish yourself. Check on your elderly relatives, neighbors and friends. Keep an eye on your children too. Don't forget your pets – they need shade and cool water too. Bring them in. Be safe.
Jul 21, 2011 9:09 AM CDT
Fox News includes scoffing about climate change in every story about a cold snap or snow storm. I wonder if they are now preparing some commentary about how this heat wave is clearly evidence of climate change?